Both NASA and the ESA can see the decommissioning of their current spacecrafts on the horizon, but a new collaboration between the two could see a jointly designed U.S.-European spacecraft akin to the current ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) later this decade.
Get ready for a firefighting vehicle that might have arrived from your old Saturday morning GI Joe cartoons. Yanko has showcased an ATV design by Liam Ferguson that can carry remotely-operated water cannons and a two-person crew into the heart of a raging blaze, and emerge unscathed.
ESA proudly announces that the Jules Verne ATV has successfully completed the first phase of its mission
By Gregory MonePosted 04.04.2008 at 10:53 am 0 Comments
The European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle, Jules Verne, successfully linked up with the International Space Station yesterday. The ship's mission is to deliver cargo, fuel, water and oxygen. But yesterday's success is also a coup for ESA in that the space agency has finally joined "the club": Now Europe can get to the ISS on its own, without help from Russia or NASA.
The ISS gets a new line of delivery ships thanks to the European Space Agency
By Gregory MonePosted 02.28.2008 at 1:32 pm 1 Comment
Soon, NASA's shuttle wont be the only workhorse servicing the International Space Station. In a little more than a week, it will be joined by the European Space Agencys Automated Transfer Vehicle, the Jules Verne, which is entering the final preparations before launch. The Jules Verne is the first of a series of such supply ships that will lift food, air, water, science supplies and other equipment to the ISS roughly once a year. ESA likens the ATVs to tugboats or river barges, albeit incredibly advanced ones.